Waldorf Astoria Chicago
What We Love
- Rolling up to the hotel in the heated-cobblestone porte-cochere
- Steps from Chicago’s best boutiques; Marc Jacobs set up shop on the ground level
- Most guestrooms and suites have gas fireplaces
What To Know
- The hotel is formerly the Elysian; Waldorf Astoria took over the property in February 2012
- The hotel is hot wedding spot year-round
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The stunning Lucien Lagrange-designed tower just off of Chicago’s tony Oak Street and the 188-room Elysian hotel within it upped Chicago’s luxury ante to dazzling new heights when it opened in 2009. The venerable Waldorf Astoria brand took over the property in February 2012 leaving the glam interiors as-is while adding the brand’s signature service. The hotel has Parisian predilections starting in grand porte-cochere, which is heated to ensure guests’ uninterrupted comfort when the city’s famous winters kick in and continuing in the lobby where the centerpiece is a sunburst chandelier that’s a replica of a Chanel brooch. Guestrooms are all platinum and champagne with glossy black pops and plenty of gold. Fireplaces, furnished terraces and Carrara marble bathrooms with massive tubs complete the package.
In the Area
The Waldorf’s location just off of Oak Street puts you a stone’s throw from Chicago’s best boutique shopping by the likes of Barneys New York, Hermès and Prada. You’re also within walking distance of the swank Michelin-starred Spiaggia with decadent Italian fare and stunning city views. Continue your neighborhood food tour with to-die-for pastries from Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter and sidewalk sipping at the Purple Pig whose theme is swine, wine and cheese. Just don’t be afraid to venture from the Gold Coast to head over to the West Loop’s Girl and the Goat. Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s menu of inventive small plates includes escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche.
How to Get There
My wife and I traveled to Chicago as part of our 35th wedding anniversary celebration and to meet lifelong friends for dinner. From the moment you arrive you're greeted by young, friendly, energetic staff at every turn. They are constantly greeting everyone with a smile and inquiring about their stay, making sure it's perfect. The location is excellent for shopping and dining, but the staff here set this property apart from other high end hotels. They seem to LOVE their jobs. Special kudos; the Director of Guest Services, Casey Koelbl, saw my wife and I out for dinner at a local restaurant and, knowing it was our anniversary, bought us a bottle of champagne. I'm still floored by his kindness and generosity. I mean, who does things like that for guests who aren't even on the property? What a special person. Made our entire trip so memorable. Thank you again Casey!
Tremendous hotel! My wife and I were shown a great room with city views, tub and fireplace by Amanda from the lobby desk. Casey took care of us upon check-in and Cliff assisted us with baggage and a smile. The hotel is a standout with amenities above and beyond our expectations including the luxurious robes and a clean, spacious fitness area. The area has many dining options including a fantastic burger from their own restaurant. Miss you already!
Just what you would expect from a Waldorf Astoria. Great location, great service, great comfy and quiet room. Worth every penny spent! The only small issue was when we had the fireplace going in our room, it caused the CO2 detector to go off.
The level of service here is incredible and personal. While everyone made us feel very welcome, Marte went above and beyond to make our stay amazing, including helping us pick the room type to best suit our needs. The room was very spacious, beautifully decorated, well appointed and super comfortable. We loved every minute of our stay!
My wife’s birthday was the week prior to our stay and I wanted to take her somewhere special downtown. We had stayed here before when it was the Elysian, but this time it was far better. Charlie, the gentleman working the front desk, was amazing to us! He welcomed us with opens arms and helped us find our room, assisted us with the fireplace, the amenities, and even educated us on local attractions in the area. He really does a wonderful job helping you feel at home. You can tell he really loves what he is doing. We have stayed in five star hotels before, but when you have interactions like this, along with the pristine room and amenities, the experience is so much more memorable. And most importantly, my wife enjoyed her birthday so much. Could not have asked for a better experience.